A swastika was found on a Brooklyn sidewalk yesterday morning, and police have released surveillance video of a suspect. Brooklyn rabbi Mordechai Lightstone told the Post, "It’s never good to see these things. But obviously it’s not new here, we’ve seen these things in the past."
— Mordechai Lightstone (@Mottel) November 13, 2016
According to the NYPD, a man spray-painted the hateful symbol in front of a 78-year-old man's home on Montgomery, near Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights, around 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 12th. The suspect, described as a male in a grey sweater with a backpack, then fled west on Montgomery Street.
This is comes a day after swastikas were found on the doors of a New School dormitory—and a few days after a Muslim prayer room was vandalized at NYU and a Muslim woman was bullied on a Queens bus. After Donald Trump's presidential victory, there has been a spike in hate incidents targeting people of different religions, ethnicities, legal status and sexual orientation or identification.
During his 60 Minutes interview last Friday, President-elect Trump claimed to have only heard of "one or two" hate incidents, but said he was "so saddened to hear" about others, "I say, 'Stop it.' If it-- if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it." While campaigning, Trump and his son Donald Jr. have shared and endorsed memes created by white supremacists.
Reflecting on the recent troubling incidents, Lightstone said to the Post, "We need to use [the election results] to galvanize our communities toward doing more good, reaching out to each other and increasing goodness towards all people. We need to realize there can be a good and important outcome from all this." Here are some tips on what to do if you see someone acting racist and hateful.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.